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VM ware Course Content

Chapter 1: Virtualization Infrastructure Overview
Chapter 2: How to Install, Configure ESXi 5.5 Installable (HoL1)
Chapter 3: Virtual and Physical Networking (HoL)
Chapter 4: NAS Shared Storage (HoL)

Chapter 5: Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines (HoL)
Chapter 6: Configuring Identity Sources with Single Sign On (HoL)
Chapter 7: vCenter (HoL)

Chapter 8: VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones (HoL)
Chapter 9: ESXi and vCenter Permission Model (HoL)
Chapter 10: Using Fiber and iSCSI Shared Storage (HoL)
Chapter 11: VMFS – The VMware File System (HoL)
Chapter 12: Resource Management and Resource Pools (HoL)
Chapter 13: ESX and vCenter Alarms (HoL)
Chapter 14: Host Profiles (HoL)
Chapter 15: Consolidation with vCenter Converter Standalone (HoL)
Chapter 16: Back Up, Recovery with VMware Data Recovery (HoL)
Chapter 17: VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion (HoL)
Chapter 18: Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler (HoL)
Chapter 19: Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters (HoL)
Chapter 20: Patch Management with VMware Update Manager (HoL)
Chapter 21: vSphere Replication (HoL)
Chapter 22: Managing Scalability and Performance (HoL)
Chapter 23: Final Thoughts

Detailed Chapter List:

 

Chapter 1: Virtualization Infrastructure Overview

Virtualization explained

How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments

Common pain points in PC Server management

How virtualization effectively addresses common IT issues

VMware vSphere software products

 

Chapter 2: How to Install, Configure ESXi 5.5 Installable

 

Understanding ESXi

Selecting, validating and preparing your server

Storage controllers, disks and partitions

Software installation and best practices

Joining ESXi to a Domain

First look at the VMware vSphere Client

 

Chapter 3: Virtual and Physical Networking

 

vNetwork standard and distributed virtual Switches

Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups

Creating VMkernel ports

Creating, sizing and customizing Virtual Switches

 

Chapter 4: NAS Shared Storage

 

Benefits Shared Storage offer to Virtual Infrastructure

Shared Storage options

NFS Overview

Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares

Troubleshooting NFS connections

 

Chapter 5: Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

 

VM virtual hardware, options and limits

Sizing and creating a new VM

Assigning, modifying and removing Virtual Hardware

Working with a VM’s BIOS

VMware remote console applications

Installing an OS into a VM

Driver installation and customization

 

Chapter 6: vCenter Server and the Next Generation Web Client

 

The need for Identity Source management

Installing and configuring the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)

Connecting to Active Directory and other identity sources

vCenter feature overview, components and licensing

Organizing vCenter’s inventory views

Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management

Installing and Using the vSphere Next Generation vSphere Client (NGC)

 

Chapter 7: VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones

 

Templates – Virtual Machine Golden Master images

Creating, modifying, updating and working with Templates

Patching, and refreshing Templates

Cloning, one time copies of VMs

Best practices for cloning and templating

Adding and resizing virtual disks

 

Chapter 8: ESXi and vCenter Permission Model

 

VMware Security model

Configuring local users and groups

Managing local permissions

vCenter security model

Local, Domain and Active Directory users and groups

How permissions are applied

 

Chapter 9: Using Fiber and iSCSI Shared Storage

 

Fiber SAN overview

Identifying and using Fiber Host Bus Adapters

Scanning and Rescanning Fiber SANs

iSCSI overview

Virtual and physical iSCSI adapters

Connecting to iSCSI storage

Scanning and rescanning iSCSI SANS

Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices

 

Chapter 10: VMware File System (VMFS)

 

Unique file system properties of VMFS

Managing shared Volumes

Creating new VMFS partitions

Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion

Native and 3rd party Multipathing with Fiber and iSCSI SANs

VMFS performance considerations

 

Chapter 11: Resource Management and Resource Pools

 

How ESX delivers resources to VMs

Shares, Reservations and Limits

CPU resource scheduling

Memory resource scheduling

Resource Pools

 

Chapter 12: ESX and vCenter Alarms

 

Alarm categories and definitions

Creating custom alarms and actions

Reviewing alarms and acknowledging them

 

Chapter 13: Host Profiles

 

Using Host Profiles to capture an ESXi host configuration

Perform configuration compliance scans

Remediating out of compliance configuration issues

Rapid ESXi host deployment/configuration with Host Profiles

 

Chapter 14: Consolidation with vCenter Converter Standalone

 

vCenter Converter overview

Converting physical machines, virtual machines and OS Images

Cold migrations of physical machines to virtual machines

Hot migrations of physical machines to virtual machines

 

Chapter 15: Back Up, Recovery with VMware Data Recovery

 

Pro’s and Cons of traditional back up strategies

Backing up VMs with VMware Data Recovery

Backing and restoring your ESXi server configuration

Third party VM backup solutions

 

Chapter 16: VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

 

Cold Migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores

Hot Migrations with VMotion

VMotion requirements and dependencies

How VMotion works – detailed explanation

Troubleshooting VMotion

Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations

 

Chapter 17: Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler

 

Delegated resource management with Resource Pools

Resource balanced clusters with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler

DRS Cluster configuration and tuning

Per-VM cluster policy overrides

 

Chapter 18: Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters

 

High Availability options to minimize unplanned down time

VMware High Availability clusters

VMware Fault Tolerance

 

Chapter 19: Patch Management with VMware Update Manager

 

Configure and enable VMware Update Manager

Establishing a patch baseline

Verifying compliance and patching ESXi hosts

 

Chapter 20: VMware Replication

 

Establishing Time to Recovery requirements

Overview of SAN LUN replication and VMware Site Recovery Manager

Installing and configuring VMware Replication for individual VM replication

Replicating a VM

Recovering a replicated VM

 

Chapter 21: Managing Scalability and Performance

 

VMkernel CPU and memory resource management mechanisms

Tuning VM storage I/O performance

Identifying and resolving resource contention

Monitoring VM and ESX host performance

Performance and capacity planning strategies

 

Chapter 22: Final Thoughts

 

Consolidation guidelines for VMs and Storage

Determining which workloads to consolidate

Other considerations

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